Vs. Predator (2004)
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, et al.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Opening Date: August 13, 2004
It's the biggest cinematic face-off since Freddy vs. Jason and . . . uhm,
that's just the problem. Is there anyone out there who can still remember
anything from that 2003 movie besides the fact that one of the teenaged
female stars probably had cute boobies?
Still, making Alien vs. Predator is a no-brainer for 20th Century
Fox since it teams up two of that studio's most lucrative sci-fi
franchises, the idea first being mentioned in
Predator 2 which had a so-called ?predator? dry-cleaning the skull of
an alien (from the Alien movies). The concept
was further exploited in a Dark Horse comic book series and a best-selling
computer game. The trailer already has geeks across the globe drooling in
The only surprising thing about the whole affair is that it took Fox so
long to get their act together to bring the franchise full circle back to
its roots as a blockbuster movie. Then again, the
Alien franchise stalled after the disappointment (financially and
artistically) of the 1997 (!) Alien Resurrection.
The Predator movie franchise (itself a
rip-off of the original Alien movie when you
think about it) also never got further than the 1987 original starring the
current governor of California and the 1990 sequel starring Mel Gibson's
Lethal Weapon ?too old for this sh*t!@#? partner Danny Glover.
the huge popularity of the computer game it comes as no surprise that Fox
is getting a director best-known for movies based on computer games (Paul
W.S. Anderson of Mortal Kombat and
Resident Evil ?fame?).
And there lies the problem: Anderson isn't a particularly good or original
director (he also directed the haunted spaceship flick
Event Horizon) and there's a cast of complete
unknowns. (Alas, there?s no Sigourney Weaver in sight.) Anderson will no
doubt pull off a workman-like effort, but it will probably be a case of
one exiting the cinema saying that the movie was simply okay instead of
going gosh! wow!
But that has been the case with most of this summer's blockbusters so far:
mediocre mega-budget special effects blockbusters such as
The Day After Tomorrow and
Van Helsing. Perhaps by August (when the
film is released in the States) audiences will be tired of yet another
such a special effects-driven vehicle. Or they might prove to be incurable
optimists . . . who knows? Fox is no doubt betting on the latter.
Set in the early 21st century on Earth,
Charles Weyland, an industrialist billionaire, leads an archaeological
expedition in Antarctica. Using thermal imaging satellites, Weyland
believes to have discovered the ruins of an ancient pyramid temple that
predates the Egyptian and Aztec pyramids buried under the ice. Once
inside, the team finds the remains of humans with holes in the rib cage
and the remains of face huggers, meaning that the possibility of the
temple being uninhabited is very unlikely. To make matters worse, five
teenage Predators are coming to the temple to perform a coming-of-age
ritual that involves fighting to the death with the aliens. Soon, it
becomes clear that only one species is getting out alive.